By Leonard Shlain
Best-selling writer Leonard Shlain explores the potential of humankind in the course of the existence, artwork, and brain of the 1st actual Renaissance guy, Leonardo da Vinci. the writer hypothesizes that da Vinci’s mind-blowing diversity of achievements demonstrates a harbinger of the way forward for our species. Da Vinci’s thoughts as an artist, scientist, and inventor are recast via a latest lens, with Shlain using modern neuroscience to light up da Vinci’s inventive procedure. No different individual in human historical past has excelled in such a lot of parts of innovation: Shlain finds the how and the why.
Shlain theorizes that Leonardo’s awesome brain got here from a uniquely built and built-in correct and left mind, and he deals a version for a way we can also evolve. utilizing earlier and present examine, Leonardo’s Brain offers da Vinci because the point of interest for a clean exploration of human creativity. along with his lucid type and memorable skill to parent connections between quite a lot of fields, Shlain brings the reader into the realm of history’s maximum brain.
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Leonardo's Brain: Understanding Da Vinci's Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain